Researcher in Physical Oceanography,

The Oceanographic Research Unit at SMHI conducts research and development within operational oceanography, the marine environment and ocean climate. We work with analyses and development of ocean observations and forecasts for the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Arctic Ocean. We are today 18 people working at the Unit and about 100 at the department.

We are now looking for an experienced marine researcher that, together with research leaders and the head of the unit, wants to be part of research strategic work and the upholding of a high scientific level at the unit. We expect you to be proactive regarding applications for research funding, supervision of junior researchers and national and international scientific networking. You will also be an active researcher within our projects and have a key emphasis on scientific communication at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

The research at the unit focus on understanding and modelling of ocean physics and biogeochemistry, improvement of ocean forecast and drift models and impacts of climate variability and change. The numerical models in use are the atmosphere-ocean coupled model RCA4-NEMO, the 3D model NEMO-Nordic, the particle-tracking model SeaTrack Web, a 1D coupled basin model for the Swedish Coast and the biogeochemical model SCOBI.

The position is permanent and located in Norrköping or Gothenburg.

Your Profile

You have a doctoral degree within physical oceanography and research experience relevant for SMHI. Preferably you have experience from numerical modelling, mathematical software as well as theoretical models and analyses of observational data. You have a good record of well-cited publications, conference attendance and attraction of research funding. Experience from research strategy, supervision, project management and academic responsibilities and commissions of trust are regarded as merits.

As a person you need to be well structured, be able to plan, organize and prioritize your work in an efficient way, where you have the ability to meet deadlines.

The every-day working language at the Research Department is often English since we are a multi-national environment.  However, the official language at SMHI is Swedish and if this is not your mother tongue we expect a willingness to learn. Courses are held at SMHI.

Do you want more information?

More information is available from Helén Andersson, Head of the Oceanographic Research Unit and Susanne Gullmar, Human Resources. Unit representatives are Lennart Robertson SACO and Ronald Scheirer ST. Each person can be contacted by phone on +4611 4958000 or by email at

Your application

Please submit your application and CV by email, with reference number 1788 together with detailed curriculum vitae and copies of relevant certificates, to or by post to Registrator, SMHI, SE-601 76, Norrköping, Sweden not later than  9th of October 2016.

SMHI is an equal opportunities employer and encourages diversity in their employees’ background, experience, skills, and personality.

SMHI provides updates on the application process status at

Recruitment status

Reference no.: ref 1788

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